Sur La Table's The Art & Soul Baking

Inside The Art & Soul of Baking, Sur La Table and Cindy Mushet capture the passion of baking. This cookbook from popular culinary retail stores Sur La Table was a Gourmet Book Club Selection and it's no wonder why!.  It is a comprehensive and stunning book of photos, recipes, and instruction. 


Format: Hardcover with dust jacket, 454 pages. 

Copyright: 2008 

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishers 

Author: Cindy Mushet 

ISBN: 9780740773341

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Description: The second title in renowned culinary authority Sur La Table's cookbook series, The Art and Soul of Baking offers those who are passionate about baking the inspiration to delve deeper into their craft. If you're a novice, you'll appreciate the nurturing guidance, reminiscent of a private baking class at home. More advanced bakers will love the breadth of fun recipes and techniques from which to choose. 

With wafting aromas of chocolate, vanilla, butter, and cinnamon, Sur La Table and professional pastry chef and baking instructor Cindy Mushet demystify the methods and techniques of baking by revealing the food science behind them through friendly language, descriptive step-by-step recipes, and spectacular photography. 

Each chapter begins with a primer that describes the style of baked goods, as well as an explanation of essential ingredients, equipment, and baking methods. You'll learn why the flour you choose is key, how to tell if you've kneaded your bread dough long enough, why the temperatures of butter and eggs are critical in cake making, what equipment you need to accurately measure dry and wet ingredients, how an icing spatula can perfect your finished layer, and why souffles fall (it's not what you think). 

Interspersed among the careful instructions are detailed photographs illustrating proper baking techniques. Clever "Getting Ahead" tips that can be completed in advance without altering the recipe's outcome, multiple recipe variations, and helpful storing advice are also included. Sidebars throughout the book live invaluable hints from the professional kitchen for improving the quality of your baking before you even turn on the oven. 

From tantalizing tarts, melt-in-your-mouth meringues, and chewy cookies, to more complicated creations like crusty breads, flaky croissants, and decadent cakes decorated with spun sugar, this book will inspire a passion for baking in both bakers-to-be and experienced pastry gurus alike. With more than 275 tested recipes, as well as information on over 100 popular baking ingredients and more than 50 pieces of baking equipment, Sur La Table's The Art and Soul of Baking is the ultimate book for bakers. 


Condition: Good condition. 

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